BRASILIA Feb 22 Brazil's economy added a net
28,900 payroll jobs in January, the labor ministry
said on Friday, a smaller rise than the median of analysts'
forecasts for a gain of 46,000 jobs.
Brazil, Latin America's largest economy, lost 497,000
payroll jobs in December. That month local businesses and
industries tend to fire temporary workers after bolstering
output ahead of the Christmas holidays.
The pace of job creation has slowed in Brazil after two
years of meager economic growth, however, unemployment has
remained at record lows as businesses hold onto workers in
expectation for an economic recovery.